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Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

929 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 929
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 66
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-16-2000)
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dankster

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I like the fullers ESB and London pride alot but this one is almost too big for me.

A- dark red with tan head about one finger

S- Big malts and dark fruit coming to me

T- Again very Maltly. some hops but dark fruit like current and plum are very strong. dark roasty malts also

M- thick and smooth but heavy in the mouth. just ok

O- Just ok but not something i will buy again. sorry fuller's this one is a miss for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 20:07:48 | More by dankster
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kojevergas

Texas

2.83/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into tankard-esque English style mug in London, England. Reviewed live.

A: Four finger head of lovely cream lacing, great thickness, and good retention. Nontransparent brown-amber colour.

Sm: Cream, nuts, and slight caramel. A mild strength aroma.

T: Heavy cream on the open, nice nuts and amber hops, caramel, and light chestnut. Quite nice for its simplicity. Well balanced, but built only average.

Mf: Too smooth and too wet. Doesn't complement the flavours of the body.

Dr: Slightly above average ABV, decent drinkability, and pretty good quality.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 02:44:36 | More by kojevergas
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mithrascruor

California

2.88/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a deep reddish-copper color that's generally clear. Airy, foamy off-white head seems to retain well.

Smell: Somewhat fruity & floral aroma together with some more bitter hoppy smells.

Taste: Strong malty roasted start, with some florals, followed by an intense bitter hop flavor. Aftertaste consists of bitterness and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Generally smooth medium-bodied beer with light carbonation.

Drinkability: Simply put, the taste of alcohol shouldn't be present in a beer of this ABV.

Though nice in some respects, this beer has much too strong a flavor of alcohol in the taste. The bitterness seems unbalanced and excessive as well. I'll pass next time around.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 00:24:39 | More by mithrascruor
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innominat

Ireland

3/5  rDev -27%

04-16-2013 19:31:12 | More by innominat
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Noelito76

New York

3/5  rDev -27%

01-25-2014 12:27:31 | More by Noelito76
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -27%

11-11-2012 01:12:37 | More by cfalovo97
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gshak

Texas

3/5  rDev -27%

02-23-2013 23:00:32 | More by gshak
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jk3

New York

3/5  rDev -27%

02-13-2012 14:47:16 | More by jk3
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber, copper colored; light tan head, medium, long lasting

Aroma: Malty; dried fruit; sweet, warming alcohol; caramel notes; light hops

Taste: Juicy, malty start with lots of underlying roasted grain bitterness; dry, nutty aftertaste

Remarks: A little bitter for my tastes; surprising, too, since the aroma is so sweet

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 13:22:26 | More by IchLiebeBier
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OldTime

Georgia

3/5  rDev -27%

03-11-2012 22:56:51 | More by OldTime
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redrommy

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -27%

12-21-2013 12:03:16 | More by redrommy
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ChrisBowers

Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Rich dried fruits? Where? Purchased a fresh bottle at Whole Foods in Arlington, VA. Poured a deep brown with a nice head. Smell has a little bit of the afore mentioned fruits, but the taste is dry, bitter, and finishes like charcoal mixed with water. I'm a huge fan of the Fullers Vintage Ales and I've heard that those are based upon the 1845. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but this beer was utterly undrinkable to me. The bitter dryness at the end made me yearn for something to clense my pallete. People seem to love this stuff though so take this with a grain of salt.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2005 01:23:33 | More by ChrisBowers
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.06/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Slight haze, very light brown in color, good lace and retention. Doesn't exactly look appetizing, looks like someone let a turd float in the bowl for a day. You know, that color. Didn't pick up aroma.

Can't figure out from the taste what makes this a strong ale. Tastes like a brown ale (and looks). All malt forward, smooth, bitterness subdued, tea, wood and caramel flavors, lacking hop mouthfeel or alcohol. I don't taste the fruit aspect that some mention.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 17:54:33 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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WhiteOak

Connecticut

3.08/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Bright amber/copper. Expansive beige foam.

S- I was not impressed by the faint notes of minerals, wet grains, and damp earth. With great coaxing, muted smells of dark fruits, raisin, fig. Too much filtration stripping the life out of the aromas here?

T- Straightforward malt upfront, finishes with dry, astringent hop bitterness.

M, D- A passable ale with a touch of good simple flavor, but lacking structure and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 23:11:28 | More by WhiteOak
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Yesac

Georgia

3.1/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours deep amber/copper. Nice foamy, bubbly head.

S - dry hops and sour yeast , earthy undertones

T - dry hops and slight malts. warming alcohol taste. Slightly watery.

M - pretty carbonated and heavy feel. Tart. Hops have a nice finish.

D - not the highest drinkability due to it's heaviness and carbonation.

Thanks to slimchill for trading me this brew to try

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 02:28:33 | More by Yesac
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sfprint

Germany

3.13/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light a slightly red cola, a hair lighter than coke with a soda head, mild soda like carbonation.
S: Red ale, approaching the porter neighborhood, also somewhat sweet and syrupy, cola malt. Fairly strong smell, slight alcohol.
T: I guess good for this style but I'm not in love. Too sweet which throws it.
M: A tad dry and tart.
O: Mediocre. I don't get what everyone's raving over.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 12:23:38 | More by sfprint
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bum732

Lesotho

3.18/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark orangish-red, nice creamy head with fantastic lacing. Smells of bold bready malt, some caramel and toffee, spicy hops. Tastes of slightly sweet bready malt, not very malty, nice bitterness at the end. Finishes mildly sweet with spicy hops. Creamy but slightly thin body, low carbonation.

An interesting beer, not sure why its considered a strong ale at 6.3%. That and i thought the taste was very underwhelming, i was expecting a much maltier beer. If i didn't know better, i would think this is just a normal bitter english ale. That said, its incredibly smooth and has good drinkability. Overall, a let down.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 04:54:55 | More by bum732
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xoqx

Washington

3.18/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've read so many positive reviews of this, I have to give it another chance or two. I stand by my average scoring on this tasting:

Appearance - This beer pours copper colored with an offwhite, one finger head exhibiting moderate retention and moderate lacing.

Smell – The smells are focused on the malts it seems with spicy, honey, and caramelly scents.

Taste – This is a balanced ESB with plenty to savor. Tastes of caramel and hints of coffee mingle with the fruity hops. Some medicinal tones come out during the average-length, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is chewy and medium-bodied.

Drinkability – The beer is fine, but nothing about it compels me to continue after one.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2005 05:40:19 | More by xoqx
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DerBayer

Germany

3.2/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The colour is reminiscent of a barley wine with a medium slightly cloudy amber and v=bright whhite head that dissipates quickly

The smell is very much like barley wine with sweet honey and herb barley notes dominating

The taste is a lot more bitter tahn anticipated with strongfloral hop character

Mouthfeel is medium body with lowish carbonation

Wont buy this one again unless there is nothing better around AND I m craving a beer - UNLIKELY

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 01:10:35 | More by DerBayer
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proctah

Norway

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

03-07-2014 20:47:15 | More by proctah
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Kuongming

California

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

07-27-2013 05:40:48 | More by Kuongming
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HankC

Sweden

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

06-29-2012 16:20:47 | More by HankC
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RoyFokker

California

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

02-22-2014 22:59:44 | More by RoyFokker
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from a bomber (uk?) this beer pours a clear amber color with actively rising bubbles and a dense head of heavy foam. patchy, thin lacing left behind from fluffy dissolve. aroma here is smoky malt, some coffee and maple notes rounded out with a slight hoppy smell. taste is bitingly bitter with banana and coffee paying a visit to my mouth cavern. chocolate malt and cherry notes in the background. a bit too bitter for the sweet tastes going on here. a quality beer but confusing overall and somewhat unwelcomely overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2005 03:15:41 | More by goodbyeohio
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fsimcox

California

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, ruby amber. Somewhat transparent. Big fluffy off-white head holds for some time. Some nice lacing.

Smells of sweet malts and biscuit. Some faint hints fig, fruit, and just a hint of citrus. Some sweet tea as well.

Taste is sweet malt, candied fruit, some hops, and a bit of alcohol. A malty, sweet tea aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth, full bodied. Not much carbonation. A little too much alcohol for my taste.

I'm a little disappointed with this one. I'd probably like it more on tap.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 19:21:32 | More by fsimcox
Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
92 out of 100 based on 929 ratings.